Moible Home Toter

Discussion in 'Questions To Truckers From The General Public' started by doglover44, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. doglover44

    doglover44 Light Load Member

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    Why arent there many moible home movers is it not a big thing ?
     
  2. Rerun8963

    Rerun8963 Road Train Member

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    there can be some reasons for this

    1) it is economically driven, meaning the sales of mobile homes are down

    2) the companies that hires these drivers may not need any more drivers, again, no sales, no need for drivers

    3) it's more of what i would call a "niche market" meaning one may have to be very good at it in order to obtain work, and it might be an o/o job, not so much company driver job..??

    do a google search on toter trucks and see how many relatively new ones are for sale....that in of itself "could be" an indication of lack of work..??

    that job may not be as "big as you think"
     
  3. Allow Me.

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    Yeah, mobile home movers generally do the tear down and set up also. With labor and actually moving it, you're talking about 5 grand. You need a crew too.
     
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    Roadmedic Road Train Member

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    Most mobile home movers from the factory do the delivery to the dealer.


    The dealer then does the work of the delivery and setup.
     
  5. shantyshaker12

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    I transported new mobile homes for 15+ years out of northern Indiana. One reason you don't see many these days is because after the economy went bad a few years ago manufactured home sales plummeted and many manufacturers and dealers went bankrupt. I have many friends who were forced to leave the industry. Contrary to popular belief almost none of the drivers do set up or tear down, just deliver the new home from factory to dealers lot or to home site. Drivers who work for dealers do set up and tear down. Also there are set crews who tear down and set up homes for a living. Most toter drivers are o/o while there are a handful of company drivers. Most o/o are leased to transport companies that have contracts with the companies to transport their homes. Very few companies will hire anyone without at least 2 years of experience in that field. I was able to stay in the industry until March of this year, I still had enough work but could no longer stand working for the company I was with, but that's another story.
     
  6. Michael76043

    Michael76043 Bobtail Member

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    I Have a truck and have thought about rigging it up as a toter. Any advice or suggestions ? I live south of Fort worth ,Tx . Seems to be allot of mobiles built around Alvarado area .
     
  7. Stubby T Slapnutt

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    I have done this work for 20 years, as a owner operator with my own authority. It is tough work, and everyone expects you to take all the risk. The people you work with, [your customers, or company you are leased to] will set up every advantage to themselves. You will get the shaft everytime. Even when it's their fault or problem, they will push it off on you and your insurance. Good luck if you go this route.